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Good ideas are common–what’s uncommon are people who’ll work hard enough to bring them about. We really enjoy the work we do and we like to share our knowledge with our clients. Here in our Journal posts we hope you find inspiration and instruction.


Johns Creek Design + Build : Part 4 Den & Art Wall

The family room--or den as the homeowners called it--is connected to the kitchen and after such an amazing transformation in there, it was obvious the den needed to be updated as well. Danny applied a similar but more relaxed design aesthetic and this time was able to weave in the owners’ beautiful art collection.

We installed overhead beams to give the ceiling dimension and fill in the height.

An art display-wall was built with lighting placed specifically to showcase the clients' antiques. The beautiful wood mantel for their fireplace was balanced with a one-of-a-kind suspended concrete hearth that runs the span of the display wall. The entire room glows with warmth and comfort for the homeowners and guests alike!...

Johns Creek Design + Build : Part 3 The Kitchen

Johns Creek Design + Build : Part 3 The Kitchen

The kitchen was a complete gut and rebuild. The pickled-finish cabinets and dated wallpaper did not represent the owner's taste or their way of cooking.

We designed and built custom cabinets to look like furniture with legs and feet for all cabinets; we removed the oddly shaped island bar and then installed a larger granite-topped island and the appliances were all hidden in cabinet fronts.

The explosive WOW of this design was the pinstripe effect we designed and installed as the back splash. Installing wooden “pinstripes” inlayed between marble stone cut into tiles created the amazing focal feature.

In a recessive alcove off the kitchen, we removed a window and built in a custom ...

Johns Creek Design + Build : Part 2 The Foyer

Johns Creek Design + Build : Part 2 The Foyer

Johns Creek Design + Build Part 2 : The Foyer

The home's previous foyer flooring was was a tunnel that needed directional flow. The marble flooring was dated and had started to crack, and the staircase had a pickled finish.

Through thoughtful design here's what we did to remedy these issues: Removed the door transoms to open up the space visually and replaced the handrails and treads to a beautiful coffee-colored stain. Great attention was paid to the flooring where we referenced the circular shape of their entry door; we placed stone tiles in between wood inlays including hand cut wooden circles. Gorgeous!

Now the area is as inviting and warm as the homeowners!

Next week...Part 3: The Kitchen and wine rack

Johns Creek Design + Build : Part 1 The Master Suite

Johns Creek Design + Build : Part 1 The Master Suite

When we were called to bid on an extensive window replacement for this homeowner, we had no idea it would turn into a design and remodel of (almost) the whole home. In an otherwise traditional upscale gated community, these worldly-wise and chic homeowners displayed an aesthetic more modern than their neighbors'. Danny, the architectural designer for Graystone, worked closely with the clients to transform their 1990's traditional home into the classy modern style they desired.

Because of the extent of the design and execution of the remodel, we will be sharing this project in parts.

Part 1: The Master Suite


When we removed the tub from the master bathroom, it wasn't replaced. Instead, the clients' wanted to display a piece of their artwork collection, which for right now is a large urn. The shower was replaced with custom niches, and the ceiling was redesigned with inset rope lighting for a soft effect. The ...

Planning Functional Interior Design

How to Master the Open Floor Plan
10 things to consider when planning a comfortable, functional interior design.

Most people love to pick out colors, fabrics and finishes when remodeling, and I like that too, but I love the first step: space planning. When done right, it can produce a finished room that feels larger and performs more efficiently. A few of steps will help you decide on the best arrangement for your lifestyle. I'm using images of open floor plans to best illustrate my points, but these tips will work for any space-planning challenge, big or small.

1. What are your space needs? Make a list of the smaller, functional spaces you will need within the larger space, and then assign estimated square footage for each area.

Think about the size of your furniture and the number of people occupying the room. For instance, the space between the kitchen counter and the dining ...